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BConnery
09/13/11 06:15 AM  
Club Sour Barrel- What to do know we want to drink
We have a strong darkish belgian club brew that has been innoculated in a 200 odd litre barrel and has been souring nicely with Roselare for a year or so. We tasted it recently and it is tasting mighty fine now so we'd like to draw off some bottles now and a few 5L kegs.

We definitely want to give all of our 60 odd members a bottle, but that will still leave us with a fair chunk to decide what to do with.

The question is, what is the best way to handle the remainder?

Bottle/keg it all for conditioning and put a whole fresh club brew? Or leave some and add the new club brew to that. If so, with or without additional souring?

Or another approach I haven't even mentioned?

BConnery
09/13/11 06:17 AM  
Re: Club Sour Barrel- What to do know we want to d
Apologies for the thread title, that should of course be 'now we want to drink it'

I can't even offer the excuse of having been drinking...

tom sawyer
09/13/11 08:18 AM  
Re: Club Sour Barrel- What to do know we want to d
I have an 11gal barrel that I pull out of and then top back up with beer, I've pulled 3gal twice now and the second pull ws even better than the first. I'd recommend going this route as long as you have enough for everyone by drawing off half the barrel at a time.
tankdeer
09/13/11 11:34 AM  
Re: Club Sour Barrel- What to do know we want to d
I agree with Tom. Go the Solara method. That's what I plan on doing if I can ever get my grubby little hands on a barrel
BConnery
09/14/11 04:35 AM  
Re: Club Sour Barrel- What to do know we want to d
So basically pull out as much as we want, around half or so (which will be plenty) and top up with appropriate amounts of new beer.

I assume we can then basically drain it completely when we want to go into a completely different, particularly a lighter, base beer?

tom sawyer
09/16/11 05:01 PM  
Re: Club Sour Barrel- What to do know we want to d
Yes or you can transition to a lighter beer by adding light base beer each time you refill. I'm adding different base beers to mine each time, just to change things up.

Spring_Chicken
11/16/11 10:48 AM  
Re: Club Sour Barrel- What to do know we want to d
Are you adding beer that has already gone through primary fermentation, or raw, unfermented wort?

I'd think that every year there will be more trub, so that could cause problems down the road.

me
12/07/11 11:57 AM  
Re: Club Sour Barrel- What to do know we want to d
+1 on the solera method, after a while you might have some trub/yeast issues but you cold siphon a lot of that trub/yeast out into a some carboys let that settle and then bottle from there to to get some of the crap out.

Sooner or later your going to have to empty the whole thing out but that will have to be determined on taste on when yeast trub issues arise.

 
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